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USS Page County (LST-1076)
USS LST-1076 (1945 - 1955)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
USS Page County (LST-1076) was transferred to Greece and renamed HNS Kriti (L 171)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 16 March 1945, at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
Launched, 14 April 1945
Commissioned, 1 May 1945 as USS LST-1076, LT. Grover L. Rawlings, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-1076 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Four, CAPT. C. A. H. H. Tiemroth;
LST Group One Hundred One;
LST Division Two Hundred One
Following World War II USS LST-1076 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 to 24 September 1945
Decommissioned, 13 June1946, at Vancouver, WA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
Named USS Page County (LST-1076), 1 July 1955
Recommissioned, 28 November 1960, at San Diego, CA.
During the Vietnam War USS Page County participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
28 to 30 June 1968
17 May to 30 June 1970
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
1 July to 24 August 1968
9 September to 18 October 1968
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
1 July to 2 August 1970
29 September to 8 October 1970
1 November 1970
|Vietnam Winter=Spring 1970
27 December 1969 to 25 January 1970
30 January 1970
Decommissioned, 5 March 1971
Transferred to Greece (date unknown) to Greece under the Security Assistance Program, renamed HNS Kriti (L 171)
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1978
Sold under the Security Assistance Program to Greece, 1 July 1978
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Page County earned five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
(light) - 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
(sea-going) 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
(landing) 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
two General Motors 12-567, 900hp Diesel engines
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| USS Page County (LST-1076)
||USS Page County (LST-1076), and beyond her stern
LCU-1499 and to the right LCU-1613, form the background as six LCVPs from USS Bayfield (APA-33) crossing the line of departure enroute to White Beach, during amphibious exercises, 18 November 1961.
US Navy photo # NH 99245.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS Page County (LST-1076) underway, date and location unknown.
||Photo by Lloyd King
||USS Page County (LST-1076) delivering mail off the coast of Vietnam, circa 1967.
||Photo by Terry Gann EM2 USNR Ret.
||USS Page County (LST-1076) along with, YFU-60, YFU-63 and six unidentified LCU/YFUs at the LCT/LCU Landing, Port of Cua Viet, South Vietnam, October 1968.
||Photo by Art Moore BU2 USN
||USS Page County (LST-1076) beached at Vinh Long on the Mekong River, South Vietnam in 1970.
||Photo by Richard Haffey
| HNS Kriti (L 171)
||Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) in Greek service as HNS Kriti (L 171) aerial view, date and place unknown.
||HNS Kriti (L 171) loading M48A2 tanks at, Amphipolis Bay, Northern Greece, January 1975.
||HNS Kriti (L 171) unloading amphibious vehicles, date and place unknown.
USS Page County (LST-1076)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
Mobile Riverine Force Association
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State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
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